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Jackson County inmate captured after escaping from federal prison

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 06:52:45-05

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Authorities say an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna is back in custody after escaping over the weekend.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an escaped prisoner from the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna on Saturday night.

JCOS says they immediately called in the help of the U.S. Marshal Service, the JCI and ACI K-9 teams to set up a perimeter.

Within the hour, approximately two dozen Task Force Officers of the United States Marshal Service responded to the area and began tracking the fugitive, Derrick Renard Jeffers.

During the manhunt, authorities received information that lead officers to believe that Jeffers had been picked up by a woman named Verika Hall.

Within 30 minutes, authorities found Hall's vehicle at a local motel and it was confirmed that she and Jeffers had rented a room.

Jeffers was taken into custody without incident and placed in Federal custody.

He is now facing a federal charge of escaping.

Hall's involvement is currently being investigated and charges against her are pending.

JCSO says Jeffers was initially serving a 11 year sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.